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Nourishing Seaweed Skin and Hair Care

Looking for a new, more effective way to get glowing and luminous skin and hair? The answer may be found in the depths of the sea! Check out how seaweed skin and hair products are making a splash for their nourishing power!

Ishga Organic Seaweed Skincare from Scotland
The seaweed extract which forms the basis of the Ishga skincare range is unique. It is produced by combining hand harvested seaweed with natural spring water, using a low temperature extraction process, to provide an extract which is as pure as nature. The resulting mineral rich extract is then blended with other carefully selected organic ingredients to create remarkably effective skincare. The seaweed extracts used in Ishga products are produced using a unique process which maintains the high levels of natural antioxidants known as Polyphenols which are found in Hebridean Seaweed. These antioxidants have been show in scientific tests to have anti-aging and wrinkle fighting properties. Products also provide protection against environmental damage to the skin by neutralizing free radicals. www.ishgaorganicskincare.com

The Seaweed Bath Co. Detox Products
The Seaweed Bath Co. nourishing and emollient Wildly Natural Seaweed Body Washes, Body Creams and Hydrating Seaweed Baths help to detoxify, hydrate and replenish all skin types, including dry, cracked skin. Products boast a combination of nutrient-rich seaweed and important oils, vitamins and amino acids. The Detox Cellulite Soap and Detox Cellulite Cream deeply moisturize for smoother, tighter-looking skin. The Whole Seaweed Detox Bath provides valuable vitamins and minerals from the ocean to naturally purify and restore dry and normal skin. www.seaweedbathco.com/collections/body/detox

Yarok FEED YOUR MOISTURE Masque
Watch your curly, color-treated hair bounce back and shine like never before. Just massage in and let this intensely moisturizing, restorative masque made with Organic Virgin Coco Crème, Organic Oats, Organic Aloe Vera Gel and Wild Harvested Seaweed Extract work its therapeutic magic on your tresses and scalp. The Seaweed enforces cell walls, combats damage, provides anti-aging effects, helps thicken hair and is rich in minerals and vitamins A, B, C, D and E.  www.shop.yarokhair.com/FEED-YOUR-MOISTURE-masque

DIY Seaweed Skin Mask
You can also make an easy DIY Seaweed Skin Mask at home!

1/4 cup bentonite clay

1/4 cup ground seaweed (look for ground kelp powder)

2 to 3 Tbsp Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Combine first two ingredients together and then slowly add the vinegar until you get a good paste. Apply to skin and you have an invigorating mask you can feel working! The clay works to pull out toxins while the ground seaweed feeds the skin with a variety of nutrients including magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, and iodine.

Ancient natural beauty secrets

With so many beauty treatments on the market today, it can be difficult to find the right products for you. One promising way to locate effective natural beauty products is to opt for ones that feature ingredients that have been utilized for thousands of years.  Here are some of our favorite ancient natural ingredients that are making their way into modern-day beauty routines. Also, make sure to check us out this Thursday on Daybreak to learn more about how you can use them.

Calendula
Calendula has a long history of  healing and nourishing the skin. It was used in ancient Greek, Roman, Middle Eastern and Indian cultures as a skin tonic and also as a ceremonial flower. Bathing in its bright orange and yellow petals has been long thought to produce glowing skin.  According to the International Herb Association’s book, calendula has a  “potent and complex array of phytonutrients that helps facilitate the skin’s restorative cycle.” Today, calendula can be found in  Bodyceuticals, which makes a variety of calendula based skin care products for the face and body. Make sure to check out their delicious Body Oil to help soothe skin after shaving.

Dead Sea Salts
Since ancient times, the waters of the Dead Sea have been known for their therapeutic benefits. In fact, nearly two thousands years ago the Historian Titus Flavius wrote that the salts from the Dead Sea heal the human body. The Dead Sea is unique because the salt composition is 27% of various salts as compared to 3% in normal sea water. Furthermore, the salts of the Dead Sea contain magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride and bromides. These beneficial nutrients are said to have many positive effects on the skin and even help heal conditions including acne, eczema, and seborrhea. Furthermore, Dead Sea Salts have even been used for a variety of other complaints including fighting stress and combating hair loss. Look for inexpensive Dead Sea Salts in the bulk aisle at your neighborhood health food store.

Kombucha
Kombucha has fast become a celebrity favorite and a staple in the supermarket, but some don’t realize that it has ancient roots. This fermented, fizzy tea dates back as early as 221 B.C. during the Chinese empire of the Tsin-Dynasty when it was referred to as the “The remedy for immortality.” Although many people drink Kombucha to improve their health, it is increasingly being used topically to beautify the skin. Kombucha’s potential benefits stem from its antioxidant properties and probiotic component, which make it an innovative ingredient to look for in skin care.

Seaweed
Seaweed is another ingredient that has been utilized for centuries to feed and heal the skin. Seaweed contains a variety of nutrients including magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, and iodine. First, utilized in ancient cultures, seaweed baths remain a popular form of therapy in Europe. These renewing baths are often referred to as Thalassotherapy (from the sea) or Balneotherapy (bath) and can be found in some of the world’s most upscale spas. However, you don’t have to travel to enjoy the benefits of seaweed.  The Seaweed Bath Co. makes a variety of bath products, butters and lotions that fight dry, flaking and scaling skin naturally by using a combination of specific species of seaweed to help manage severely irritated skin. This forward-thinking company is the vision of Adam Grossman, a long-time psoriasis sufferer, who created his seaweed-based cosmetic products to take control of his own irritated skin—and ended up helping others in the process.